7.4 out of 10

Atwater Village

34.131776414643 -118.268615501339
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Medical Facilities
  • Public Transport
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Overflow from Los Feliz"

Atwater Village lies between the Los Angeles River to the west and the City of Glendale to the north and east. It shares borders with the neighborhoods of Silver Lake to the south, Elysian Valley to the southeast, Glassell Park to the northeast, and Los Feliz and Griffith Park across the river to the west. It is also adjacent to Forest Lawn Memorial Park and contains many commercial buildings and businesses.

Principal thoroughfares include Fletcher Drive, and Los Feliz and Glendale Boulevards. The Golden State and Glendale Freeways run along the district’s western and southeastern borders, respectively. Having Griffith Park so close is wonderful for hiking and the dog park.

Most of the homes range from 400k to $700K. The square footage averages 1000 - 2000. The lots are small and the homes tend to be a mix of non descript California bungalows and apartment complexes.

The population is diverse, however, the hipster population is seeking more affordable opportunities and moving from places like Los Feliz and Silver Lake.
Pros
  • Convenient
  • Shopping
Cons
  • densely populated
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Another Hipster Village"

Yet another of the neighborhoods that I consider part of “Hipster Heaven,” because of its large population of artsy hipster types. Atwater Village is squeezed between Griffith Park on the west and Glendale on the east. On its northern end the streets start to break down, so most of the homes and shops are on the southern end.

It is there that you will find the really nice, smaller bungalow style homes that make Atwater popular. This is a pretty middle class neighborhood, though the push towards gentrification may yet push prices up and change its character. It is also a pretty diverse neighborhood.

Down by Los Feliz Blvd., you get a lot of the nightlife that makes this is popular destination for hipsters. There is The Roost, a dive bar, and the Griffin, a cool lounge. You also find a number restaurants like the Acapulco and Canele.

Overall this is a great little neighborhood that looks like it is up and coming.
Pros
  • Cute
  • Shopping
  • Some fun bars
Cons
  • Pretty sedate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
2yrs+

"Starting to get pretty hip"

Atwater Village is 100 years old as of this June; and, it's finally starting to get some love. It's a neighborhood that is between Glendale, Los Feliz and Silverlake and it started out as a giant field of poppies. A lot of Spanish bungalow houses were built in Atwater Village in the 1920's and a lot of them are still around. They are charming little houses. The neighborhood has been pretty run down in recent history but in the last five years it's really been making a comeback. The little bungalows are being sold / rented to young semi-hipster couples and a bunch of great new bars have come into the mix. My favorite bar in Los Angeles, The Griffin, is on Los Feliz Blvd right smack in the middle of Atwater. The Griffin is dark and cool. It looks like the inside of a castle and has huge fire pits, great music, stiff drinks and a good vibe.
Directly across the street is a huge strip mall that includes a Best Buy, Toys R Us, Togo's, Coldstone . . . you know, strip mall businesses. It makes the neighborhood a little hokey, sure, but chains are a pain to come by in LA let alone this many in one lot.
Tam O'Shanter is right up the street from Griffin. It's one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles and it is still really cool. The clientele runs clear across the board in regards to age and walk of life. It's Scottish food and ambience and it's pretty good and a real hoot.
Now that Atwater is becoming cool, there are all sorts of fun things to do. There are food festivals and street fairs, outdoor screenings of films in the golf course during the summer and tons of the now ridiculously trendy food and wine carts. Atwater Village has a good location and I think it's really quaint.
Pros
  • Cute
  • Shopping
  • Some fun bars
Cons
  • Pretty sedate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters

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